Well, I finished my final minor project. I'll show you the finished piece another time, and tell you about what went well and what I'll need to learn from, but here I'll talk about the process.
In Italy I was surrounded by Byzantine and mediaeval religious art, and in September the National Gallery had an exhibition of Italian Altarpieces, which came into my disseration. I've written before about Ed Kluz's paper reliquaries: I was inspired by the physicality of those mysterious and timeless structures. The current Grayson Perry exhibition at the British Museum is a pick-and-mix of unconventional methods of representation.
Here are my sketches of St. James escaping from Prison (in Padua); Donatello's statue of John the Baptist (at the Frari church in Venice) and Carpaccio's painting of St. Peter the Martyr (at Museo Correr in Venice).
I'll do this in pictures: the research drawings, alternative plans, layout, jigsaw work and construction.
In a previous post I showed some of the early sketches, and I could have carried on with those thumbnails, but I want to print the main images (to make them easy to reproduce in different colours, and to keep the colours simple). Here are: an early test for Justinian; a page of experiments; and the acetates for the two main images: Justinian and Appollonia.
The course is to be exhibiting in the Bargate Monument Gallery in February! My altarpiece will need improvements, but I'm looking forward to seeing it in there with everyone else's work.